Alia’s Inspiring Fun Classes!

Live and Online

The FUN classes are eclectic–something different every time. Usual suspects: Follow-me improvisation, Alia’s somatic grounding techniques, a short combination, genre, prop, or musicality study, and a Dancemeditation section for relaxation and joy.  


Alia’s classes increase improv confidence, build trust in the body, and regulate the nervous system.   I am passionate about this. Belly dance is already a stellar venue for relaxation and resolution. On top of this I have built in many Somatic Experiencing® (SE) strategies to highlight this feature. Dancers feel relaxed, energized, and happy. So will you!  

Deep Dives!

We take you on Deep Dives, 5-week sessions that focus on improvising to specific elements of Oriental dance. Previous Dives have included Taqsim, Classic Song, Drum Solo, and Open Heart. See our current Deep Dive below!


Our Format draws from Ibrahim Farrah’s original class format, infused with Somatic Experiencing™ and Dancemeditation™, all of which have taught me so much about dance and improv.

  • Something different every time
  • Suitable for all levels, all styles
  • Live online and recorded options

How does this work?

Each week, we stream the class live via Zoom.us. Every one is welcome to join the live class. It is so pleasant to be together with other folks who all want to enjoy themselves with dance! After the class, usually within 48 hours, the new class is posted for streaming. The class stays up for a week, when it is replaced with the next class. Zoom is free and easy to use. The sound and video quality are good, and there is virtually no lag in the livestream. We send reminder emails with the link shortly before each class begins.

Fun, energizing, grounding, and conceptually stimulating.
Simple on the outside, complex on the inside.

No notes, no muss, no fuss–just a great class to build skills and have fun.

The most nurturing and freeing class….and so wonderful to glean movement ideas and feels from you…so creative

SF

I went from “OMG, I’m so free, “kitchen dancing” in front of other people!” in the first class, to feeling in charge of myself and my expression, while experiencing the same freedom. You have such a talent for bringing out who we are by creating a safe space where there are no mistakes. It’s the simplest thing, and yet the most powerful.

FP

I’m really enjoying the Open Heart classes! Thank you!!

AG

Live Online Fun Classes

Because the pandemic is keeping many of us all inside and out of work, we are pleased to offer our regular fee, PLUS a special Pay What You Like option and a Sliding Scale payment plan, for those of us who are financially impacted by disaster, injustice, etc.

Luscious... Alia's Inspiring FUN Class
Our next FUN Class Deep Dive!

Luscious: Opulent Self-Love and Luxury for Oriental Dance

Feel Luscious style=width= I’ve had a lot of shame around sexuality/sensuality to unpack on my journey. It took time and patience. We steep in the mixed messages of our social programming. Must not be sexy! NO! Must be sexy–for the other. Must not like sex! Ew, dirty! Must like sex or at least pretend to–for the other. Must not look sexy! Will get in trouble. BAD. Must look sexy! For the other…

And for us dancers, it’s even more complicated–our costumes, the public side-eye, the even more mixed messages from the countries of origin. It’s tough to pick apart our own feelings, wants, and desires from the layers of shame and blame.

So we could all use an hour luxuriating with with a nice little dish of bonbons. Right? And getting to enjoy those bonbons, as a choice, nibbling them slowly, for the creamy pleasure of it …

Lusciousness, Dala3, playful sensual/sexual confidence, ​is a core component of the cultural dance. It is NOT about the other. It IS about ourselves and our own self-love, affection, cherishing. Soooo…

What we’ll do

* Explore and embody lusciousness
* Translate simple combinations into lusciousness
* Bring our luscious movement quality to a range of musical styles, tempos, and genres
* Make space for self-love, affection, cherishing
* Glory in grounded, present, agency

Luscious runs Tuesday at 4pm EDT from August 9 through Sept 13 (no class Sept 6). See this in your time zone (add to calendar button in link). Each class is recorded (instructor view only). Each recording is available during the session.

Will you please join us? It’s going to be… luscious ; )

Pay in Full $70
Pay Weekly $14.50/week for 5 weeks
Sliding Scale $7.50/week for 5 weeks
Pay What You Will.
Open to All.

BIPOC, LGBTQ+, MENAHT and any marginalized groups are invited use this option